Family Name: Bignonia
Botanical Name(s): Tabebuia avellanedae
Popular Name(s): LaPacho, Ipe Roxo, Taheboo tree
Parts Used: The inner bark
Habitat: Pau D'arco is widely found in South America. It is
abundant in Brazil, Peru and Argentina.
Description: Pau D'arco is an evergreen tree which grows up to a
height of 50 ft (45 m) and 10 ft (3 m) in diameter. The wood is very
hard and makes fine furniture. The plant possesses broad leaves. It has
large purple flowers which are used in landscaping and decoration.
Uses: Pau D'arco as antitumor, antiinflammatory, antibacterial,
antifungal and antiviral properties. Its inner bark is scraped and tea
is brewed from it. The tea is known for its cool and bitter flavour. The
tea is used to cure malaria, fever, arthritis, skin problems, and